PIANO ON STEROIDS


Posted on May 23rd, by Graeme in News.

Normally we’d show you a picture of the software itself, but to give you a better idea what’s on offer here check out the picture of the real “Giant” piano. It’s a doozey. Native Instruments has introduced THE GIANT, a new instrument based on the world’s biggest upright piano. THE GIANT features the intense sound of the Klavins Piano Model 370i, a super-sized instrument delivering a colossal sonic spectrum equally well-suited to urban pop projects, soft piano ballads, driving rock riffs and jazz numbers, as well as providing a separate “Cinematic” version of the piano for darker, atmospheric projects and sound design. THE GIANT captures the sound of the original instrument in meticulous detail. This upright piano stands over three meters high (the official size is 370cm–thus the name–while the “i” stands for “integrated” meaning it’s built into an existing wall) and weighs over two tons, with a soundboard roughly twice the size of a typical 9 foot concert grand piano soundboard. Its unique sound forms the core of THE GIANT, which complements the dynamic and authentic playability of the original with added controls for shaping and modifying the sound. As always, production-ready presets provide instant starting points for numerous musical styles–forty presets in total.
THE GIANT is two separate instruments in one, each with its own graphical user interface and detail controls. The “day” version is suitable for a wide range of styles and genres with Tone, Colour and an XXL button giving you three basic control sections for adding sustain, space and character to the sound. The “night” version turns THE GIANT into a cinematic tool suited to atmospheric scores, sound design and avant-garde productions, and includes unconventional, individually-sampled sound sources including overtones, resonances, plucked strings, release sounds and special techniques such as piano hits, kicks, sweeps or scratches. The physical elements of the instrument, including dynamics, tuning, noises, overtones or stereo image are controlled via what’s called the “Anatomy” parameters.

THE GIANT needs to be loaded in Kontakt 5 or the free version of the same and you can check out more info at www.native-instruments.com

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